The King (2019)
Title: The King
Genre: Biography | Drama | History |
Runtime: 102 min
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Timothée Chalamet
STRONG ON DIALOGUE BUT
WEAK ON WORLD-BUILDING
The King is a short-lived dramatic historic piece, as it just covers the merely months of Henry VI death to the victorious glory for Henry V at the battle of the war between England and France. Netflix invites its viewer up to a 2,5 hours cavalcade that expose some insight of the British realm during the medieval age.The most effective and more attracted feature this piece has to offer is its dialogue between each character that shares a poetic and fragile language. It’s a tasteful treat even if it drains the overall plot.
Timothée Chalamet makes a glorious performance as the young king but he withholds some of his best qualities as well. He can give powerful speeches and make you as an audience lost in his dialogue and state of a regal monarch but he doesn’t put words on a pinpoint in this feature. Joel Edgerton, who wrote the script together with the director, contribute fairly as a supporting role as a drunk and a loyal accompanies to the lead character.
He makes a decent portrayal and is the film’s most winning argument when it comes to jokes and gives the story a more uplifting tone. He has a sarcastic approach to his surroundings and is hard to take seriously. Ben Mendelsohn makes an appearance as the king but he’s in the film shortly and is used as a plot tool as once he’s dead, Henry V can step forward to acquire the crown for himself. Their contrast that their character holds gives the film a more depth. Henry VI is depicted as a tyrannic king that rage over war and make warfare wherever he pleases. However, his eldest son doesn’t share the same opinions as his father.
Then you’ve Robert Pattinson as a dreadful French king. With his blond hair, he contributes the most neglected and dead heartbeat to the film. He’s misplaced as you can imagine and doesn’t have a greater impact on the plot. He has an awful French accent and Pattinson has taken the role of Henry V’s foe and gives a dreadful performance what so ever.
As this might comes as an impressive action historic piece, based on W. Shakespeare historic play, it’s filled with non-action scenes that often leads nowhere. In conclusion, this film has some impressive cast in some regards and has beautiful cinematography that pulls you into the film. The directing is decent and not as masterful but decent enough to make it entertaining. There’s a lot of dialogue scenes all over the film and once the action starts, it’s a bit underwhelming by the end. There’s a lot of tactical moments of the next move but nothing that might see as an action-bit. It doesn’t come a millimetre close to the maximum effort that Gladiator had, it’s not a masterpiece in this regard but a mild approach to the subject itself.